October 2, 2015 / 7:24 AM / in 2 years

Air strikes in Syria to last three-four months: Russia

PARIS (Reuters) - Russia estimates its air strike campaign in Syria could last three to four months, the head of the foreign affairs committee at the State Duma, Russia’s parliament, said on Friday.

A frame grab taken from video released by the Russian Defence Ministry October 1, 2015, shows Russian jets hitting a target in Syria, which the Kremlin says includes a list of well-known militant organizations and not only Islamic State. REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout

“There is always a risk of being bogged down but in Moscow, we are talking about an operation of three to four months,” Alexei Pushkov told French radio Europe 1, adding that the strikes were going to intensify.

Pushkov was speaking a few hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin was due to meet leaders of France, Germany and Ukraine in Paris for talks.

Reporting by Astrid Wendlandt; editing by John Stonestreet

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